The four ACC schools that opposed the addition of Stanford and Cal at Wednesday night’s meeting of league presidents were Florida State, Clemson, North Carolina and NC State, a conference source confirmed to The Athletic. The list of schools was first reported by Sports Illustrated. Here’s what you need to know:
The Athleticquick analysis:
Where the Stanford/Cal talks stand in the ACC
As of Friday night, the ACC added Stanford and Cal as unlikely, multiple conference sources said. The league presidents do not have another meeting scheduled, they added, although the issue could be revisited at any time. It’s hard to imagine FSU or Clemson changing their minds, and even if one of the two schools is in North Carolina, there are enough other tentative supporters that they might as well not vote.
In some cases, the school president and AD differ in their positions. So even knowing the identities of dissenters from what we call an informal straw poll – unofficial vote – is instructive but not the be-all, end-all. It’s worth noting that administrators never call for a formal vote unless they know there is enough support. It has not yet come to that point – and may not. — Auerbach
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